Friday, August 24, 2012

NotD - Scrolled Quasi-French

This bright pink called to me recently. I had planned to do some animal silhouette accent nail thing, but couldn’t get the sketch right, so instead I used a random doodled idea, somewhat similar to an old mani.

Here’s what I used today:

  • essie rock solid
  • Douglas nylon base coat
  • Manhattan Lotus Effect 51K
  • essence gel-look top coat
  • Seche Vite
  • acrylic paint in lime green
  • deep pink rhinestones

First I applied the base mani: one coat of each of rock solid and nylon base coat, three of 51K and sealed it with Seche Vite.

Manhattan 51K is a vivid medium pink, this changes quite a bit depending on the lighting. Sometimes there’s a fairly strong violet edge, sometimes it’s a clear pink (that’s why I didn’t correct the photos and the swatch and nail art pics are different). This polish is reasonably dense, three coats are opaque.
This applies beautifully, the second coat may be less than opaque, but it is very even. The levelling isn’t perfect, but that’s what top coat is for, right? I had very little clean-up to do, which I credit to the medium viscosity and flat, straight-cut brush.
The colour isn’t terribly exceptional, but it is gorgeous and 51K applies very nicely. Recommended.

Here’s 51K in two coats with top coat (blame my temporary blindness to the visible tips):

And this is where we should have a photo of 51K in three coats with Seche Vite, but despite distinctly remembering that I took those photos they just aren’t on the camera. Colour me confused, I must have imagined it.

After the base was firm I mixed up some lime green acrylic paint and painted on a french tip with a connected scroll-thing. It took a few coats to get completely opaque. After that was done I applied a coat of gel-like top coat, pressed a pink rhinestone into the centre of the scroll and added two coats of Seche Vite.

Can you believe that August is almost over? Is it fall yet?


Swååfie said...

Aaaaaawesome! I really love this =)

cucumpear said...

Thank you, Swååfie! :-D

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